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July, 2019

Summer Happenings at CUA

By Hughan Biggar

Approximately 1,500 Catholic University undergraduate and graduate students are expected to take classes this summer, joining students from other schools who will be on campus participating in a variety of activities.

The activities range from regular classes to opera training to sports camps.

“We have two structured summer sessions five and six weeks long, the first one beginning May 19, and several special sessions of varying length that begin each week of the summer, starting as early as May 12,” says Harriet Nokuri, summer sessions director.

The first session, which runs for five weeks from May 19 to June 21, is for commuter students only. Students wishing to live on campus can take part in the second session, which begins June 30 and runs to Aug. 2 or 9, depending on the course.

New summer courses this year include Church in Africa; Biomedical Health Care Issues; Religion and Society; Art, Religion & Magic; Italy: Sociology of Crime, Sociology of Deviance; Intellectual Property Issues in Libraries and Information Centers; and Organization of Internet Resources.

“We’re also offering more online courses this summer,” Nokuri said, noting that there will be five such courses this summer, compared to only one last summer. “Students can enroll from anywhere in the world as long as they have a computer.”

Summer courses include an intensive English-as-a-second-language program in June and July and a Summer Program in Ancient Languages. The latter gives students the opportunity to complete the equivalent of four semesters of university-level study in either Greek or Latin.

As an added bonus, Nokuri says, “our summer school tuition is competitive — 20 to 30 percent cheaper than that of many private universities in the area.”

During the summer, high school students can take freshman-level classes and sample college life at CUA. CUA’s resources, including the Writing Center and Counseling Center, will also be available to all students taking classes in the summer.

Also of note on campus this summer, the Ward Center Summer Music Program of CUA’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music is offering intensive classes in elementary-school or home-schooling music pedagogy. The classes meet eight hours a day from June 23 to June 27. The program also offers a Gregorian chant practicum.

The School of Library and Information Sciences is offering the 30th annual Institute on Federal Library Resources. The institute opens May 12 and features for-credit lectures, as well as panel discussions and visits to government libraries. Topics will include how federal and military libraries are meeting today's demands in content management, online government and competitive sourcing. The institute will also address the professional career path in federal librarianship.

For those looking to make their summer constructive, the School of Architecture and Planning is offering its Summer Institute for Architecture, with numerous undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. Course offerings are expected to include design studios and elective courses on architecture history, graphics, furniture design and computer-aided design/fabrication.

This summer, Special Olympics events will again be held at Catholic University's DuFour Center.
In addition, the architecture and planning school conducts two three-week sessions for high school or college students who wish to explore architecture as a possible career. These students are introduced to all aspects of architecture, from design and history to office practice. They live on campus and work in the design studio alongside architecture majors attending the Summer Institute.

High school and elementary school students can participate in two other programs on campus. From June 23 to July 12, the music school hosts the Opera Institute for Young Singers, for those between 15 and 18 years old. From July 21 to July 25 there will be a percussion seminar, Lion Drumming World Percussion Seminar, for fourth- to 12th-graders.

Outside of the classroom, CUA athletic teams will help lead several camps on campus. The Cardinal Basketball Academy for boys and girls takes place in two sessions, June 16 to June 20 and June 23 to June 27. The Capitol Lacrosse Camp at Catholic University, featuring one the sport’s top players, Matt Ward, takes place July 27 through July 30. The Revolution Field Hockey Camps at CUA, taught by CUA head coach Gia Cillizza, run from July 13 to July 16.

In addition to all these CUA events, more than 20 external organizations will use CUA facilities to host summer conferences. The events and conferences include those of the Special Olympics from May 20 to May 22 (with an expected 800 participants) and the National Cursillo Conference, which trains laypeople to become Christian leaders, from July 28 to Aug. 3 (with an expected 700 participants). See the list of already-scheduled external events below.

For more information on these programs e-mail, call 202-319-5257 or visit or

External Organizations Holding Conferences and Events at CUA This Summer (as of 4/21/08)

Conference Start Date End Date Participants
Bennett Career Institute 08 Sat., 5/3  Sat., 5/3 600
Center for Nonprofit Success Tue., 5/13 Wed., 5/14 150
Villanova 2008 Mini-mesters Sun., 5/18 Fri., 6/6 21
Archdiocese Military Service- 08 reception Sun., 5/18 Sun., 5/18 300
University of St. Thomas 08 leadership program Mon., 5/19 Thu., 5/29 23
Special Olympics 2008 Tue., 5/20 Thu., 5/22 800
Sacred Heart Catholic School 08 school class trip Wed., 5/21 Fri., 5/23 24
Congressional Coalition on Adoption 2008 Wed., 5/21 Sat., 7/19 17
Accenture 2008 management consulting conference Wed., 5/21 Wed., 5/21 150
St. Augustine Preparatory School class trip Mon., 5/26 Fri., 5/30 29
Chesapeake Society for Microscopy Wed., 5/28 Wed., 5/28 100
Orphan Foundation 2008 Wed., 5/28 Sun., 7/13 24
Mother of Miracles 2008 Sat., 5/31 Sat., 5/31 200
First Baptist Church Rites of Passage Sat., 5/31 Sat., 5/31 250
Catholic Campaign for Human Development 08 Sun., 6/1 Wed., 6/4 30
Woolwich 08 Sun., 6/1 Thu., 6/5 39
Shrine's Knights of Columbus Sat., 6/7 Sat., 6/7 200
The Shepherd Program program on humanity and capability Sun., 6/8 Fri., 8/1 10
Washington Hospital Center June 08 Tue., 6/10 Wed., 6/11 75
DC Preparatory Academy Tue., 6/10 Tue., 6/10 200
College Board Summer 08 Upward Bound Program Sat., 6/14 Fri., 7/11 65
Providence Hospital Dinner Dance 08 Sat., 6/14 Sat., 6/14 320
Bread for the World 2008 Sat., 6/14 Wed., 6/18 120
Lead America 2008 Mon., 6/16 Thu., 7/24 411
Washington Hospital LPIT Summer 08 Wed., 6/18 Thu., 6/19 18
The Paulist Fathers Thu., 6/19 Sun., 6/22 375
NCEA Catechetical Scholar Program Sun., 6/22 Fri., 6/27 20
American Public Transportation Association Sun., 6/22 Wed., 6/25 60
Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition 2008 Tue., 6/24 Mon., 6/30 60
National Pastoral Life 2008 Fri., 6/27 Fri., 6/27 150
Center for Coaching Development, LLC Sat., 6/28 Sun., 6/29 100
Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute 2008 Sun., 7/6 Fri., 7/11 160
Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind 08 Mon., 7/7 Fri., 7/11 65
Alliance for Community Media Wed., 7/9 Sat., 7/12 25
DC College Access July 2008 Sat., 7/12 Sat., 7/19 600
Revolution Field Hockey Camp 08 Sun., 7/13 Wed., 7/16 50
Team Focus 2008 Sun., 7/20 Wed., 7/23 70
Congressional Hunger Center Sun., 7/20 Sun., 7/27 20
United States Tennis Association, Inc. Mon., 7/21 Mon., 7/28 50
Illinois State University Mon., 7/21 Fri., 7/25 15
Columbia Lighthouse Tech Camp Mon., 7/21 Sat., 7/26 35
DC United Soccer Camp 2008 Thu., 7/24 Sun., 7/27 100
St. Elizabeth Youth pilgrimage to the Shrine Sat., 7/26 Sat., 8/2 22
DC Committee on Admissions Tue., 7/29 Wed., 7/30 400
The National Cursillo Center Mon., 7/28 Sun., 8/3 700

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